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Science District Resource Teachers
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Volume 4, Issue 1
Jonathan Gerlach, Editor
Hillsborough Teachers Honored
Hillsborough County is one of
nine counties in the Central
Florida region participating in
the PRISM Exemplary Teacher
program. The award is sponsored
by Central Florida
School Board Coalition, an
organization comprised of
business, government and
school leaders working to
promote improvement in science
and math throughout
District principals in grades K-
12 submitted nominations for
Teachers of Promise, less
than 3 years of teaching experience,
and Teachers of
Excellence, more than 3 years
of teaching experience. From
the submitted applications the district committee
selected the teacher of excellence and
teacher of promise for each of the grade levels
K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 for both mathematics and
science. The district level selection criteria included
increasing student achievement, handson
experiences, cooperative work, multimedia
resources, participation in content area competitions,
participation and lead-
What a start to the year!
Thank you to all of our 2010
- 2011 HAEST members for
supporting science in Hillsborough
County schools. This
years membership drive had
fantastic outcomes, with
over 2750 members this
year. So far 54 schools have
reached 100% membership,
and its not too late for your
school to do the same!
Schools that reached 100%
membership by October 1st,
2010 were entered into a
drawing for a school-wide
membership to Robert
Krampf’s Happy Scientist website.
This years winner was
Dunbar Magnet! Congratulations!!!
ing professional development,
and participation in
district curriculum, and assessment
Congratulations to the 2010
Hillsborough County PRISM
2010 Teacher of Excellence -
Mary Vaughn – FishHawk
2010 Teacher of Promise -
Alyssa Mormon – Kenly
This fall the Florida Association
of Science Teachers honored
Jonathan Gerlach, District
Resource Teacher for Title I schools, as
the 2010 Outstanding Elementary School
Science Teacher. The award was presented at
the general meeting in October at the annual
conference. At this same conference the Florida
Engineering Foundation recognized Jonathan
as their 2010 STEM Outstanding Elementary
Barnes and Noble night was
a huge success again with
teachers coming out to both
Brandon and Carrollwood to
support science and mathematics
Some things to look out for
in the future:
HAEST Teacher Grants
SMath Dinner Meeting
HAEST 100% Dinner
And much, much more!!!
Inside this issue:
Hillsborough Public Schools
Science Olympics 2
MAD Science Center 3
Marble Cruises First
Where is the SMath? 4
LTI at Shaw 5
November Calendar 6
December Calendar 7
Students Aglow Over
Coastal Ecology of
See-through Gardens 9
Citrus Park Goes to
In the Mind of a Five
Year Old Scientist
My Summer Vacation:
Splash Grant Winners 11
Special points of
Nov. 6th & 20th -
Science Olympics Area
Dec. 3rd - Space
Dec. 9th - Science
Dec. 31st - Grants and
(see page 12)
Page 2 Elementary Science Department Science News
HAEST and Hillsborough County Science
Department are teaming up again this
year to host our Science Olympics. The
Science Olympics Semi Finals are at MOSI
Saturday, November 6, 2010 for Areas 2,
3, and 5
Saturday, November 20, 2010 for Areas
1,4,6, and 7
We are excited have 129 public, private
and charter schools participating on these
two weekends. Schools are divided into
different heats and the winner from each
heat will compete in the finals on
Thursday, December 9, 2010 at MOSI.
We hope that students have enjoyed participating
at the school level in the events.
The students should have had a lot of experiences
to problem solve and think creatively.
The events are as follows:
Students will be given a set of materials
and with their partner, must build the tallest
Aquafoils– First Grade
Students will be given a piece of aluminum
foil. They must design a boat that holds
the most weight and still floats.
Second Grade– Paper Airplanes
Students will design a paper airplane that
will travel the furthest distance.
Third Grade– Balloon Racers
Pairs of students will create a vehicle that
is powered only by the air of a balloon.
Fourth Grade– Marshmallow Flyer
Teams of students will build a flyer that
launches a marshmallow the greatest distance.
Fifth Grade– Marble Roller Coasters
Teams of students will design a roller
coaster that will allow a marble to travel
on it and push a cup the furthest distance
at the end.
SCIENCE OLYMPICS FAQ’s
There have been a lot of great clarifying
questions from schools regarding the different
events. There has been a document
that all schools received regarding the
judges rulings on the events. With third
grade being the new addition we have
included the FAQ’s for this event.
1. The pasta comes in two different sizes;
the UPC is the same on both bags. What are
the students going to be using at the Science
The students will be receiving the Davinci
wagon wheel pasta with the diameter in the
center measuring 5mm. Due to circumstances
beyond our control there may be
variances in the pasta.
The team of students will design a balloon
racer. It must be a device that is powered by
one balloon. It is not required to use all materials.
Materials may be manipulated. This
device will start on the floor at a designated
starting location. Students will have ten
minutes to build their design based on their
blueprints. Students will release their device.
Once the device stops moving, it will be
measured in a straight line from the closest
point of the device to the starting line. They
will have one try.
When at the start line, does the balloon need
to already be attached and blown up?
The students will have thirty seconds from
the time they get to the start line until the
time they need to release their vehicle.
Whatever they need to do in those thirty
seconds will be allowed.
If the balloon comes detached from the
vehicle, what will be measured?
The vehicle will be measured.
What if the students only use the balloon
and none of the other materials?
As stated in the science Olympic handbook
the vehicle must be powered by a balloon,
which means that the balloon needs to have
some sort of material to power. Students
can choose any of the materials from the list
in order to create a vehicle to be powered by
How will the racer be “started”?
Students will have thirty seconds once they
come up to the starting line in order to blow
up their balloon and attach it to their vehicle
if they choose. The vehicle must start on the
ground at the start line and will be measured
in a straight line to the closest point of the
vehicle. The vehicle will only be measured
if it traveled and stopped in a forward
direction from the starting line.
I know that the students do not need to
use all the materials; but do they have
to make a type of ground transportation;
i.e. a car, some vehicles end up flying.
There is no stipulation on the type of
vehicle that the students need to make.
The only ruling in the handbook is that
the vehicle must start on the ground at
the starting line; it then may take off in
the air. It will be measured where it
lands, as long as it has flown in a forward
When measuring the final distance of
the racer, how will the vehicle be measured?
The vehicle will be measured in a
straight line, perpendicular to the starting
line. The vehicle will be measured
from the starting line to the closest
point, if it has traveled in a forward direction.
Does the balloon need to be attached
to the racer, or can it be pointed behind
the racer and use the air to propel the
The balloon does not need to be attached
to the racer, it can be held by a
student from behind. The student must
make sure they do not touch the racer
in any way or they will be disqualified.
The vehicle is still being powered by the
Is it okay for students to hold the balloon
behind their racer and push the
racer with the air from the balloon? This
would mean students would be following
behind their vehicle- therefore crossing
the starting line.
The students can follow behind their
vehicle as long as it is clear to the
judges that they are not touching
the vehicle with anything! The rule
states that they must power the
vehicle using a balloon and the air
in the balloon, so it is fine if they
have thought outside of the box.
We look forward to seeing everyone at
MOSI. If you have any questions
please feel free to email– Michele
Page 3 Elementary Science Department Science News
- MaryAnn Davis, Lopez Elem.
Lopez Elementary School recently
installed a beautiful outdoor MAD
Science Center, courtesy of their
SAC group, to promote academics
in an outdoor setting. It is
going to be used for observations
and data collection on a myriad
of possible science activities
such as plant growth, cloud and
shadow observations, weather information,
solar experiments, flora and
fauna observations and activities,
energy sources, sound, and even
The design of the space is to allow
for full class instruction, collaborative
group work, individual activities, and/
or safe placement of experimental
materials. It is a circular space, put
in a full sun location, with curved
bench seating around the interior
circumference of the circle, to create
enough seating for an entire class.
The concrete benches have been
installed over mulch and weed mat.
MAD Science Center
The space does not have an actual
fence, but small bushes (Mrs.
Schiller’s Delight) have been planted
around the perimeter and will eventually
create a natural hedge separation.
There is a mulched access walkway,
wide enough for a wheelchair.
There is also a birdbath next to the
In addition to the SAC group, this
dream location was also possible because
of the support from Kerby's
Nursery in Seffner. Kerby’s gave us
cost pricing for the benches and
plants, and provided most of the
manpower for all of this installation,
the mulch, planting soil and fertilizer,
and the drip irrigation system as a
donation to the school. Brandon
Rental donated the use of a sodcutter
for the project.
Soon, we hope to add a sundial,
rain gauge, other weather equipment,
solar materials, shelving,
center tables, and more. Plans
on an even greater scale include
extending the walkway across to
the existing Butterfly Garden and
integrating the two spaces – one
for activities in the sun, the other
for shade projects.
The MAD Science Center is already
being put to good use.
During installation, the fifth grade
AGP students collected data on
everything from cubic yards of
mulch used, dimensions, manpower
hours, and weight of the
benches. Many teachers have
used that information for students
to write and solve word
problems. The MAD Science Center
has had many classes already
visit, too. We will take care of our
new space and it will last a long
Marble Cruises First Grade Style
- Georgianna Castellano,
As preparation for the 2010 Hillsborough
County Schools Science
Olympics begins, Dickenson First
Graders had a challenge set before
them. How many marble passengers
could set sail on an aluminum
foil boat and not sink at sea?
Each student was given a piece of
heavy duty aluminum foil and five
minutes to make a boat. The air
was filled with the rustling of foil
as the students scrambled to design
a boat. Then it was time to
test the waters. Each student approached
the marble boarding procedure
differently. One student carefully
counted out each
marble and gently
placed them one by
one on the foil. Another
grabbed a handful
and dumped them
on the boat he had
made. The air was
filled with excited
cries – “OOOOhhhhh
it’s floating!” to “Oh Man it’s sinking!”
The student who was able to place the
most marbles on the boat that did not
sink was declared the winner and
will participate in a First Grade
Aqua Foil Float-Off against the
other 5 Dickenson
was able to
her first trial.
Will she be
the one to
represent our school at MOSI in
November? Only time will tell…
Page 4 Elementary Science Department
Becoming Bird Brainiacs
- Virginia Frissell, Twin Lakes El.
“Wow! Look at all those white
birds!” observed a precocious
third grader as she ventured towards
It happened so naturally
again this year. Students eagerly
wander to see me after breakfast
while I am on duty for morning
Science Club. Immediately,
they take notice of the wildlife in
the pond after the August and
September rains and wonder
why there are so many white
ibises. As the water in the temporary
wetland rises, we begin to
hear the “honk” of the ducks as
they swim about bobbing for
food. There were days that we
had a challenge counting the
birds because they were too numerous
And then the precipitation
dwindled and the ibises returned
again stabbing their long
curved orange beaks into the
softened mud until finally the
grass grew again in the dry pond
as a reminder that the temporary
wetland dries out.
- The SMath Guys
We’ve missed you lately at Where
is the SMath? Some new changes
are coming your way! We now have
weekly videos to discuss science
and math concepts with students!
Very soon you will be able to
search for pictures by math and
science concept, the SMath guys
are currently cataloging the over
200 pictures online! Here are a
few of our latest and greatest pics
you may have missed!
Those two brief weeks
hooked a new crop of “bird brainiacs”
and hurled us into long term
investigations to continue for the
remainder of the year. Students
began showing up with binoculars,
notebooks and field guides from
7:30-8:00 just to count and watch
birds. Next thing I know, I have
younger students asking if they
can join the bird club.
This natural fascination in
the world around us is a science
teacher’s dream. Students begin to
make better and careful observations
so they can later try to identify
the birds they see. This leads to
authentic research and reading
integration for real reasons.
Which birds come to eat at
our feeders daily? How often do we
Where is SMath?
need to fill the feeders? How many
days will the food last? What time
of day do we see more birds? How
do the backyard birds compare to
the wading birds that fly overhead?
Which bird is making that call?
Isn’t this how science should be
taught? Students are simply provided
time and experiences outdoors
so they can ask questions
that will lead them into their own
inquiries to investigate. I really
don’t have to do much in the way
of teacher preparation. Students
think and act like real scientists
and are responsible for their own
learning. I just say good morning
and enjoy their excitement.
Find out more about Becoming
Bird Brainiacs at the next
Symposium, attend our session at
NSTA’s San Francisco conference
in March 2011 or just email me so
your students, too, can engage in
REAL science. Project Feeder
Watch with Cornell University begins
in November and the Christmas
Day Count will be here soon,
so grab your science tools and get
Page 5 Elementary Science Department Science News
Mendenhall Invaded by Alligators!
- Linda Kniskern, Mendenhall Elem.
Teachers and students at
Mendenhall Elementary kicked off
Science in high gear this school year.
They began the school year with a
school wide long-term investigation.
Each classroom was provided a
“Growing Alligator”, the book Zack’s
Alligator by Shirley Mozelle, a pond in
which to grow their alligator (a large,
clear plastic container), and lesson
plans following the 5E Model of Instruction.
Students quickly fell in love
with the growing alligators giving them
names and treating
them like real pets.
Teachers used these
creatures to introduce
students to many Science
and science tools.
Students made predictions
growth of their class
alligator. They used
their senses to observe
color, shape, and texture.
They used their
hand lenses to get a
at the details of their alligator.
and recorded the growth of
their alligators each day
utilizing the tape measure
to get its length and width
and the balance scale to
measure the alligator’s
mass. Some students even
kept track of the area of
their alligator by tracing its
outline onto graph paper. In
LTI @ Shaw
- Christina Dawson & Cathy Isaacs,
Our first grade team at Shaw
Elementary School is currently observing
a Long Term Investigation. We began
the year with our “Rye Guy”! Boy
was that cool. The students patiently
recorded what their Rye Guy looked like
daily. It took him a while to get his hair
going. We actually had to give him a
shower (water poured over his head)
and put him in the window to get his to
grow hair! Wow….Did he ever sprout a
doo!! This really got the children excited.
Long Term Investigation
was observing and
recording the growth of
Grow Creatures. We
began measuring and
journaling our data on a
daily basis to document
their growth while in
tubs of water, to which
we periodically added
water keeping the level
consistent. The creatures
included a variety
of aquatic animals including sharks, dol-
the water level
of their alligator’s
from day to day,
so they used
measuring cups to
make sure the
same amount of
water was present
each day. Many
teachers kept a
chart to record the
information collected about their alligators
while the intermediate students
recorded their alligator’s data in their
Teachers agreed the alligator
investigation was the perfect way to
kick off Science this school year. Students
were engaged with science tools
and Science Process Skills. They were
motivated to learn and having fun too.
Mendenhall students are definitely
excited about Science!
phins, turtles, stingrays, starfish, and alligators.
The students were amazed to discover
that the Grow Creatures more than
doubled their size throughout
the two weeks of our investigation.
Using this information the
students learned to graph their
data. After the two week period,
we removed the creatures
from the water as continuation
to this investigation, and we are
now documenting the amount
of time it takes them to return
to their original size by measuring
We are looking forward to many
more exciting Long Term Investigations
within our First Grade Team!
Elementary Science Department Science News
November 2010—Science Trainings and Important Dates
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Mrs. Sindelar’s 5 th grade class at
Turner Elementary held an Electrical
Extravaganza to investigate
electrical connections. Through
hands-on inquiry, students conducted
four investigations: Conductor
or Insulator, Static Strokes, Path
Finders, and Making Electromag-
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nets. Each inquiry
had the students
AMAZED at the outcomes.
were able to
predict the results,
test their predictions,
and see the
clearing up any misconceptions
have previously had
about electricity. At
the end of the Electrical
found the Con-
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ductor or Insulator inquiry to be the
one, which really amazed them most.
According to Kevin, “I thought only
metal objects could be conductors of
electricity, and it turned out so can a
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Students Aglow Over Springhead Scientist
- Amy Stockard, Springhead Elem.
Springhead Elementary Students
are gearing up for a science filled
year. Albert Springstein, (think Albert
Einstein) an inquisitive and wacky
new scientist, has recently joined
Springhead’s growing science and
math communities. On Monday during
the morning show, Albert Springstein
and two students introduce a
short term investigation or math
challenge related to upcoming essential
questions. This allows students
in all grade levels to preview
science and math concepts and
build schema. So far Albert and students
have been able to investigate
in the areas of nature of science
and number sense. This week the
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glowing egg experiment introduced
students to chemical changes and
an estimation station related to
benchmark number. Classes are
encouraged to ask questions,
make observations and infer-
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Long Term Inv.
ences, and discuss various
hypotheses and strategies.
During the week, interest
and intrigue build. Students
and teachers discuss questions
and challenges related
to the investigation.
These exchanges are building
excitement and strong
learning communities. Friday
during the morning
show, results are revealed
and home extensions are
offered. This school wide engagement
piece has excited students
and teachers, and has been a great
vehicle to generate SCIENCE and
MATH talk. Maybe a more appropriate
name would be Albert SMATHstein!
- Michele Wiehagen, Foster El.
I received a generous grant
from the Tampa Bay Rays.
They sent me on an Earthwatch
trip to Cat Island in the
Bahamas. Our task was to
study the Coastal Ecology of
the Bahamas. I flew to the Bahamas
and met 8 other people
from around the world. Our
research team consisted of
other teachers, business professionals
and graduate students
from the States and the
Bahamas. Our head researcher
was a Marine Biology
Professor from University of
Miami. I learned a lot being
part of this team; we were up
daily at 5:30 a.m. and working
on the coast by 6 every morning.
We were split into different
teams with each team being
responsible for different
The first two days I was on the
water quality team, along with
a College of Bahamas graduate
student; we took samples
of water and sediments
around the whole island. We
tested the water for the pH,
temperature, salinity, dissolved
oxygen, and turbidity.
We then were responsible for
doing 1- hour snorkeling dives
in that area collecting as many
different types of algae we
could find. We did this at a
variety of locations throughout
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Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
the day. In the evenings, when
we would get back to our residence,
we would have a lecture
about the Bahamas and then
lab work. Our lab work for the
water quality team consisted
running tests on the samples we
took, separating the sediments
to find out the content, and
separating and identifying all
the algae we found.
The next two days I was on the
fish team with two other graduate
students; we would do one
hour of snorkeling, fish surveys,
and transects. We were responsible
for keeping a record of
every type of fish we saw as we
swam. We were interested in
finding lion fish; they are an invasive
species to the Bahamas
and are eating the native fish,
killing out populations. If we
found a lion fish on our dives,
we were to spear it and record
where it was found. Part of our
community outreach was to
teach the residents of Cat Island
about these lion fish, which are
extremely poisonous. After
spearing a lion fish, we would
dissect the fish to find out what
it was feeding on and this data
was submitted to the Bahamian
The following two days I was on
the Coastal profile team; where
we worked with the head researcher,
Dr. Kathleen Sealey.
We found the elevation along
the coastline, the different zones
of the area, and the vegetation
that is native and invasive of the
area. After we did the coastal
profiling, we were responsible
for doing 1- hour snorkel dives
to find the different types of
coral that were present at the
site. We rotated on these teams
for two weeks, compiling all of
the data to create a profile of
Learning all of this I am excited
to bring the ideas back to the
classroom. I plan on taking the
students to the Hillsborough
River, dividing them into these
teams, and having them participate
in gathering similar data.
This data can then be utilized in
the formation of a community
- Glenda Tombs, Muller Magnet
As an environmental sciences
magnet school, Muller has a garden,
named the Gator Garden
after our mascot! First through
third grade students participate in
a weekly gardening class. Each
class has their own 10’ x 10’ garden
box in our Gator Garden.
We plant flowers and vegetables
- Cheryl Carroll and Judith Fell, Citrus Park Elem.
In May of 2010, a new bird feeding station took
wing at Citrus Park Elementary. Made possible through
monies from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of an Earthwatch
grant, the large, yet intimate viewing station
made of nylon covered chain length fence, features twoway
mirrors, bird feeders, plantings and birdbaths.
The bird feeding station, located adjacent to the
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in them. One of the first things we
do in the school year is to plant
our See-Through Gardens. Using
a 16-oz. plastic cup, the students
fill the cup with some soil
and using the eraser end of a
pencil make a hole on the side of
the cup for their flower seed.
They drop the seed in the hole
and cover it over with soil. Using
this as a long-term investigation,
each week the students monitor
the growth of their seed. The students
get so excited when their
roots and sprouts begin to
emerge. They measure the
length of the root that they
can see through the side of
the cup, the height of the
sprout, and count the number
of leaves, etc. They record all
their observations and measurements
in their garden field journals.
When the plants are tall
enough, we transplant them into
our garden, where the students
can continue their observations,
eventually experiencing the joy of
seeing their flowering plant
Citrus Park Goes to the Birds...
lunchroom, was designed by parent Paul Foley and constructed
by the Dad’s Club at the school. Students have
been observing, identifying, photographing and counting
birds that feed and water at the station throughout
the year. Specialized plants as well as
seed attract a variety of birds, butterflies and squirrels.
station, with individual
now signing up to
monitor and manage
the station on
a weekly basis. A
contest for the
station is now underway.
- Mary Vaughn, FishHawk Creek Elementary
This past Summer I participated in my second fellowship
to the Honeywell Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. (I
attended for the first time in June 2008.) The camp, sponsored
by Honeywell employees, is the best professional
development opportunity that I have ever participated in!
This past Summer, sixteen teachers from around the globe
completed many astronaut simulated activities such as
Area 51. In Area 51 our team, one at a time, climbed a
telephone pole, completed a 360 degree turn and jumped.
We were left suspended in midair and put all of our trust
in our team members. It was an amazing experience!
We had three simulated missions. In each of these I was
assigned different titles such as CAPCOM in Mission Control,
the Commander on the flight deck, or a scientist on
the International Space Station. My favorite and most
challenging task was landing the shuttle successfully as
the shuttle’s Commander. Each mission was about an
hour long except for our last mission which lasted three
hours and went late into the night.
One of the most exciting activities that one can participate
in the advanced camp is underwater diving. The Space
Camp has a diving tank on campus that allowed us to experience
a simulation of the weightless environment in
space. In this tank campers were able to swim to the bottom
and work as a team to complete some building activities.
During the camp we were transported to Kennedy Space
Center where we received a tour of the Vehicle Assembly
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In the Mind of a Five Year Old Scientist
- Julia Jackson, Bryan Elementary
Once a Kindergarten student is told that
“Science” is the entire world and universe
around them – it is love
at first sight. There is no
greater joy for me as a
teacher than opening
that world for my students.
At Bryan Elementary
School, tucked away in
Pod A, 31 little Scientists
are learning how to observe and record information
about the world around them. They
complete weekly journal entries that include
the date, an illustration of the topic,
labels, and an “I wonder” question.
So far this year our journals include
entries about Scientists Tools, our
Five Senses, and the parts of the
pumpkin plants that are growing in
our classroom. They are slowly learning
to love the Scientific Process and
it is wonderful!
In our classroom, which is a co-teach
model, we have a hands on Science center
set up at all times. Students are able to observe
and touch all kinds of fun stuff: snake
skin, cicada shells, quartz, plants, and autumn
leaves. The Scientific Tools are also on
the table with labels for the students to use
and explore: forceps, magnifying glasses,
balance scales, droppers, and tape measures
to name a few!
I never doubt for a moment that the children
sitting in my classroom are the future Scientists
of our world. The mind of a five year old
Scientist is a miraculous thing!
My Summer Vacation - Honeywell Advanced Space Academy
Building and a drive around the launch pads. We also were
able to tour the International Space Station Processing Facility
where pieces that go to the space station are processed.
One highlight was a discussion of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer
which will go up on the February 27, 2011 mission.
(This is the last scheduled shuttle mission.) The AMS will be
installed on the main truss of the ISS. It is designed to reveal
the origin and structure of the universe.
This trip to the Kennedy Space Station was very unique, as I
knew that for many of the Advanced Campers this might be
their first and only trip to Kennedy Space Center. Seven of
the sixteen campers were from countries such as Germany,
Scotland, Romania, and South Africa.
Upon returning to Huntsville, Alabama we continued with
LEGO Robotics – a fun and engaging way to encourage students
to work as teams. LEGO Robotics incorporates science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into the
math/science curriculum. We also were inspired by a presentation
from Robert L. (Hoot) Gibson, a retired astronaut.
I highly encourage any elementary, middle, or high school
science or math teacher who is interested in space, design
challenges, or Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics
(STEM) training to apply to be awarded the Honeywell
Space Camp next Summer. You leave with many
higher level activities to engage your students so that they
can be inspired to go into the math and science fields.
To learn more and apply for a fellowship log onto http://
Elementary Science Department Science News
Splash Grant Award Winners
School Project Title Teacher Name
Bevis Elementary Growing Green – Hydroponic Gardening Leigh Crosson
Chiles Elementary Sustainable, Water Saving Gardening Jane Kemp
Chiles Elementary Watershed Wildlife Watchers Lori Hanson
Clair-Mel Elementary Rain Barrell Roundup Sylvia Ellis
Foster Elementary Outdoor Habitats Michele Wiehagen
Hunter’s Green Wet, Wonderful, Water in Florida Cheryl Pahl
Jackson Elementary “Got Water???” Deborah Flock
Just Elementary Just Go Gree H2O! Karen-Vanessa Brown
Just Elementary Preserve Angelina Ferlita-
Kenly Elementary Environmental Wonders Alyssa Mormon
Kingswood Elementary Panther’s Awesome Water Study (PAWS) Scott Coonfare
Lincoln Magnet Hydro Plant Factory Cathy Townsend
Lomax Elementary Sustainable Salad 4 Sarah Thompson
Mabry Elementary Florida Friendly Mabry Dolphins Garden Kathleen Boyle
MacFarlane Park IB Saving the Earth One Drop at a Time Joyce Hoehn-Parish
Muller Magnet Wonderful Water! Kathy Dimitrievski
Pizzo Elementary Protecting Our Walking Trees Kim Burnett
Pride Elementary Estuary Edventurists: Excite! Explore! Empower! Jennell Graham
Sheehy Elementary Conservation Why does it Matter Deborah Gwyn
Twin Lakes Elementary Wild Wonderful Watersheds Virginia Frissell
Elementary Science Department Science News
Seaworld & Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award
Since 1993, the awards have recognized the outstanding efforts of students and teachers
across the country who are working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.
Eight projects will be selected. Each winning group will receive: $10,000 to benefit
the award-winning project and an all-expenses-paid trip for three (3) students and one (1)
adult leader to a SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park for a special awards event.
Deadline: December 1st, 2010
Disney’s Planet Challenge
Disney’s Planet Challenge (DPC) Elementary School program is a project-based environmentally-focused
national competition for 3rd-5th grade students. DPC is a unique chance for
teachers to blend standards-based content, critical thinking skills, and environmental principals
in a class project that moves students from awareness to action for a positive impact on
their community. State Level prizes and National Prizes include Teacher awards, School
awards and Student awards.
Deadline: December 17th, 2010
The Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation gives grants to projects that promote understanding of
environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, promote interaction and cooperation
within the group and help young people develop planning and problem solving skills.
Grants awarded by the Foundation are $250 - $2,500.
Deadline: December 31st, 2010
2010-2011 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy
Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are now accepting applications for the
2010-2011 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program from grade level 3-12 school
science and math teachers from around the world.
Deadline: December 31, 2010.
NOAA Teachers @ Sea
Explore the ocean floor, maintain wildlife populations, work right along scientists for up to 14
days through NOAA. This real-world science experience is perfect to take back to your classroom
and share with your students. Applications due Dec. 31, 2010.
Awards for Excellence in Educating Students About STEM
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are
awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology,
and engineering. Maximum Award: $200.
HAEST Teacher Grants
Coming Soon… Be on the look out for HAEST grants to help you develop
STEM projects in your classroom.
Will be posted in IDEAS
Don’t forget to apply for
grant opportunities. XXXXXXXXXXXX We
love to see recipients
County School Board
Doretha W. Edgecomb, Chair
Candy Olson, Vice Chair
Carol W. Kurdell
Jack R. Lamb, Ed.D.
Susan L. Valdes
Stacy R. White, Pharm.D.